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About the Minot Community Endowment Fund

The Minot Community Endowment Fund was established by a grant from the Otto Bremer Foundation in 1981 as a way for local residents to give back to the Minot community to support nonprofit projects and programs. 

The fund is managed locally by a group of volunteers who make up the Advisory Committee and recommend grants from the fund annually.

Local Advisory Committee

Renata Buen (Optimist Club) - Chair
Cameron Stone (Sunrise Rotary)
Brock DesLauriers (Sertoma Club)
Staci Kenney (Rotary Club) 
Kelly Matalka (Young Professionals) 
Jacob Thrailkill (Minot Lions)
Susan Ness (Kiwanis)
Kayla Goetz (Magic City Lions)
Neil Westergaard (Golden K Kiwanis)

Ex officio (non-voting)
Rich Berg (United Way)
Jason Zimmerman (MACF)


Bremer Trust
Karen Gates

20 1st Street SW
Minot, ND 58701

(701) 857-6241

Kara Geiger
Development Director, NDCF

2020 Grant Recipients:

  • Companions for Children, Inc. - $2,000 for Lunch Pals: School-Based Youth Mentoring
  • Minot Area Chamber of Commerce - $3,000 for Junior Achievement
  • Minot Area Homeless Coalition Inc - $4,000 for Direct services to the homeless and those about to become homeless.
  • Minot Commission on Aging, Inc. - $2,000 for Senior Nutrition Program
  • Minot Social Club for Exceptional Persons Inc - $2,000 for Sponsor of the Month / Reopening and Safety Awareness
  • Operation Homefront, Inc. - $2,500 for Holiday Meals for Military
  • Souris Valley United Way - $2,000 for Souris Valley United Way Backpack Buddies
  • The Welcome Table - $2,500 for The Lord's Cupboard Food Pantry
  • Domestic Violence Crisis Center - $5,000 for COVID-19 Impact Relief
  • Minot Commission on Aging, Inc. - $5,000 for Meals on Wheels
  • Trinity Health Foundation - $5,000 for Personal Protective Equipment
  • Companions for Children, Inc. - $5,000 for General support
  • Dakota Boys and Girls Ranch - $6,000 for IT Stability to Provide Distance Education & Tele-health to Vulnerable Children
  • Prairie Grit Adaptive Sports - $6,300 for Operating Costs
  • YWCA Minot - $10,000 for COVID-19 Response Emergency Services
  • Northern Plains Children's Advocacy Center - $2,000 for Tele-Forensic Interviewing
  • The Difference - A Holistic Approach - $2,000 for Healing for Trauma Victims

Minot Community Endowment Fund 2019 Grantees & Advisory Committee

Because of the support from the Minot Community Endowment Fund, Companions for Children provided 33 children in the Minot community with school-based mentoring at two elementary schools in 2017-2018.

Apply for a Grant from the Minot Community Endowment Fund

  • Grants shall be awarded only to those organizations designated by the IRS as 501(c)(3) nonprofit tax exempt groups, or government agencies.
  • Grants shall be awarded to organizations within the city of Minot and surrounding communities, as determined by the Advisory Committee.
  • Grants to religious organizations will be limited to those activities which are non-denominational and serve the entire community.
  • Only one (1) request per organization per year will be considered.
  • If your organization is outside of the Minot area, please describe in the narrative section how your project or program will specifically serve Minot area residents. Provide the number of Minot area residents served, if known.
  • The grant committee welcomes and encourages applications for funding a large community project.
  • If your organization received a grant last year, you MUST complete a grant evaluation before a new request will be considered.

Deadline: May 31

How to Apply

Step 1 - Review

Review the grant guidelines above to make sure your organization qualifies.

Step 2 - Register

Create an account on our Grant Portal. You will need your organization’s name, EIN, and executive officer's name. Be sure to write down your user name (email address) and password.

Step 3 – Complete Your Application

After registering or logging in, you will arrive at the application section. Click “Apply” to the right of the grant program to which you wish to apply. If you do not see your desired grant program on the list, contact our office. (The grant round will open January 1.) You will be able to save your application and return later to complete it.

Click here for more detailed instructions and tips for using our online grant system.